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Dan O’Rourke Out at KTSM

Dan O’Rourke, reporter and anchor for El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM has left the station.

O’Rourke posted a goodbye to his facebook page Tuesday saying, “Dear friends, thank you all for your friendship and wonderful support. Not by my own decision, I am leaving KTSM. I love El Paso and I wish you all the very best in your lives. God bless you and your families, now and always.”

O’Rourke started at KTSM in 2011. TVSpy has reached out to KTSM for comment. We will update when we know more.

[El Paso Times]

Celebrity Chef Accused of Assaulting KTSM Meteorologist Mark Mathis

Sara Horowitz, an El Paso chef who has competed on two reality TV cooking shows, has been accused of allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Mark Mathis, meteorologist for the El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM.

According to police, Mathis filed a report alleging Horowitz punched and kicked him during an argument. The El Paso Times says the argument started after the two came back from a trip to Austin.

Mathis alleged Horowitz punched his right eye, breaking his glasses and causing a small scrape above the eye. Officers noted in their report Mathis also had “small scrapes and bruises” on his legs, some bruising behind his right ear and swelling on the right side of his upper lip. Read more

KVIA Adding 9:00 p.m. News to Sister Station

KVIA has announced plans to produce a 9:00 p.m. news to air on its sister station CW affiliate KVIA-DT2.

The weekday newscast will air on the El Paso ABC affiliate’s digital subchannel 7.2 and will be anchored by Stephanie Valle and meteorologist Karla Huelga.

“Since the El Paso/Las Cruces CW launched in 2007, we’ve wanted to provide the station’s viewers with news and weather,” said KVIA general manager Kevin Lovell.  “Now that the station is well established, we’re ready to use ABC7’s resources to bring CW viewers a newscast that’s an hour earlier than our ABC7 10 p.m. newscast.”

The station also announced weekend morning anchor Denise Olivas will replace Valle as co-anchor of the noon news with Bob Harp.  Olivas will also begin reporting for the weekday morning show, “Good Morning El Paso.”

The first newscast on the CW will air Monday, March 25.

[El Paso Times]

KFOX Adds Traffic Reporter Lissette Garcia

Lissette Garcia is joining El Paso Fox affiliate KFOX as a traffic reporter, according to the El Paso Times.

Garcia, who is Miss Florida 2011, previously worked as an associate producer and traffic anchor at WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami. She replaces Kandolite Flores, who left the station to join the Humane Society of El Paso.

Garcia began at KFOX on Monday.

Ric Dupont Resigns From KFOX After Public Intoxication Arrest

Ric Dupont has resigned from KFOX in El Paso after being arrested on suspicion of public intoxication last month, according to the El Paso Times.

“He resigned this morning,” news director Elizabeth O’Hara said Wednesday.

Dupont was arrested on October 30 at El Paso International Airport. He was held at the police airport on suspicion of being intoxicated and released to a friend without being charged or booked. A police spokesperson told the El Paso Times that Dupont became “uncooperative with officers at one point due to his intoxication.”

Dupont, who joined KFOX’s East Side Bureau  in 2011, was arrested on suspicion of DUI last December. That case is still pending in court.

Troy Campbell to Join KERO in Bakersfield

Troy Campbell is joining KERO, the ABC-affiliate in Bakersfield, CA.

Campbell comes from KTSM, the NBC-affiliate in El Paso, where he was a multimedia journalist. The move is a return to California for Campbell, who graduated from California State University in Northridge in 2010.

At KERO, Campbell will anchor the 11 p.m. newscast and report for the earlier newscasts.

Former El Paso Weathercaster Jim Gamble Dies

Jim Gamble, a former weathercaster for El Paso ABC-affiliate KVIA, died yesterday from pancreatic cancer. He was 60.

Gamble was a weathercaster in the El Paso market for 20 years. He spent 10 years at KVIA, five years at NBC-affiliate KTSM and five years at CBS-affiliate KDBC.

Roy Ortega, a former KVIA anchor, recalled meeting Gamble for the first time in the 1980s. “I was actually there when he walked into the newsroom for the very first time,” he told the El Paso Times. “He had an audition. He had a natural talent for being on the air.”

Troy Campbell Leaving El Paso for California

Multimedia journalist Troy Campbell signed off yesterday from from El Paso NBC-affiliate KTSM.

“I’ve accepted an evening news anchor position in CA,” Campbell announced on Twitter. “I hope you all continue to follow me on my journey.”

No word yet on where Campbell’s new job will be. He is a 2010 graduate of California State University Northridge, in the San Fernando Valley. He began his career at KIFI, the ABC-affiliate in Idaho Falls.

Keagan Harsha, Nichole Ayoub Join KDBC-KTSM

KDBC-KTSM in El Paso is welcoming one new anchor, Keagan Harsha, and one returning anchor, Nichole Ayoub, to the newsroom.

Harsha joins the stations after five years at WCAX in Burlington, while Ayoub makes a return to the station after leaving two years ago after her three sons were born.

According to a statement announcing the hires, the new additions will “mean some changes for KTSM and KDBC as the stations move to take the newscasts in new directions.” Read more

As KFOX Crew Prepares for Live Shot on Flooding, Passing Car Slams Into News Van

A KFOX crew was preparing for a roadside live shot in El Paso on Friday afternoon when a passing car slammed into their news van.

Ric Dupont, a reporter for the El Paso Fox-affiliate, and photographer Adrian Montes were sent out into the field to cover flooding in the area. They were both in the van at the time of the accident.

“I was working from the back of our van and my photographer, Adrian, was sitting in the driver’s seat,” Dupont reported on Friday’s evening newscast. “The Dodge Avenger spun out of control and slammed into us. Luckily, no one was hurt. The driver did not want to be on camera, but told me slick roads were the problem.” Read more

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